Drug addiction is a disorder that affects over 35 million people in the world. Individuals can become addicted to multiple substances like cocaine, heroin, meth, LSD, or even marijuana. Though it begins as a means of pleasure and is consumed out of choice, it can quickly develop into a dependence with severe consequences for a person’s physical and mental health. It also damages a person’s social relationships and academic/work life. The disorder can be treated with early detection and effective support from medical professionals and the family.
A psychiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in treating mental health issues. They are part of a larger treating team that can help individuals recover from drug addiction. A psychiatrist helps in the diagnosis of the disorder and can prescribe medication as well. These medications help an individual deal with the withdrawal symptoms associated with drug addiction and also help them battle co-morbid mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and psychosis.